Vachel Lindsay

Poet, Author

1879 – 1931

Who was Vachel Lindsay?

Nicholas Vachel Lindsay was an American poet. He is considered the father of modern singing poetry, as he referred to it, in which verses are meant to be sung or chanted. His extensive correspondence with the poet Yeats details his intentions to revive the musical qualities in poetry as had been practiced by the ancient Greeks. Because of his identity as a performance artist and his use of American Midwest themes, Lindsay became known in the 1910s as the "Prairie Troubador." For the final twenty years of his life, Lindsay was one of the best-known poets in the US. His reputation was high enough to enable him to befriend, encourage, and mentor other poets, such as Langston Hughes and Sara Teasdale. However, his poetry lacked elements that encouraged the attention of academic scholarship, and after his death he became an obscure figure.

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Born
Nov 10, 1879
Springfield
Also known as
  • Prairie Troubador
Children
  • Susan Doniphan Lindsay
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Hiram College
Lived in
  • Springfield
Died
Dec 5, 1931
Springfield